Article Published: Aug. 1 | Modified: Aug. 1
Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 81 of North Carolina’s counties in June, decreased in 14 and remained the same in five. All 14 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases.
Watauga County’s June rate of 8.2 percent saw a .1 percent drop from May. Ashe County’s rate of 11.5 percent reflects a .3 percent drop from the previous month, while Avery County’s June rate of 10.1 percent saw a .2 percent decrease from May.
Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 16.2 percent, while Currituck County had the lowest at 5.8 percent.
Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 13.3 percent experienced the highest rate, and Asheville at 7.1 percent had the lowest. The June not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 9.3 percent.
When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates increased in 12 counties, fell in 85 and remained unchanged in three. One metro area experienced a rate increase, while 13 experienced rate decreases.
The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in June by 16,445 to 4,303,424, while those unemployed increased 16,163 to 439,793. Since June 2012, the number of workers employed statewide increased 11,966, while those unemployed decreased 26,257.